Saturday, December 27, 2008

All things Christmas...and a trip to Ohio

Miss Do loves the snow, but we couldn't get her to stop trying to eat it.

The week before Christmas we went to Ohio to visit David's parents who returned from their mission in Cambodia. Welcome home! It was lots of fun to spend time with family. Above is one of the few pictures I took in Ohio. Abby was chasing the dogs. Note her lovely ear muffs. My sister in-law asked if Abby was bringing back ear muffs. Umm.. did they ever go out?! They really are the only alternative to hat hair, and by the way they are "ear muffins" not ear muffs (another abbyism I have whole-heartily embraced.)

Our kids were ridiculously good on the trip thanks to a DVD player with 2 sets of headphones. They didn't even notice we were driving in a major snow storm until we were almost through it. But by the time we got to New Jersey on the way home Peter was getting a little ansty and after he had all he could handle and in a sudden burst of panic he yelled "HUNGRY, THIRSTY, POTTTTYYY." It was pretty hillarious and we stopped at the next exit.

Click... Sometime I feel like I blog like I am giving a slide show, sorry, but pictures are really so effcient. So you see in the next pic (that's a Diegoism) is what might have been the cutest Santa picture ever had everyone stayed seated. This was at Peter's pre-school Christmas party.

Someday Peter is going to see this picture and feel the way I felt when I saw a picture of myself sucking my thumb at preschool. He was trying to hold up 7 fingers while they were singing a song about the days of the week. I was also struck at how big that girl looks next to Peter (3rd percentile meet the 90th percentile).

We had a very Merry Christmas, and we hope you did too. On Christmas eve we had a very festive Nativity with a Dragon/donkey and a sheep/dog, and a very cute baby Jesus. Life has been so busy lately we didn't really even think about what we were doing for Christmas, and were grateful to get together with friends.

Forgive me for this but my friend showed me a blog tutorial on how o make a Christmas garland. I promised her I would share the result.

Fancy Nancy is Abby's new favorite book!

I really love how excited Peter gets about Christmas. It makes it all worth it. This face is in response to his new "geotrax" trains that he has been playig with non-stop since Christmas. It turns out his love of trains has not faded, he has even intoduced the geo trax team to some of Thomas' friends, not Thomas himself yet, I think he might be worried about his feelings.

And forgive me again for posting Abby's new bed. I know she is only 2, but she has never had girl bedding until now. She likes the quilt and the pillows, but she was way more impressed with a 2 dollar plastic kitten that walks in circles. Meow...

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Thanksgiving Haps

We finally did it. After years of planning we made it to the Macy's Thanksgiving day Parade. We were even grateful for our previous failed attempts. Our kids are old enough to walk on their own, but small enough to sit on your shoulders and fit in small spaces. I had never really considered the endurance that is required to hold a child on your shoulders for hours.

Above is Peter's view until moments before the parade started. It was very intimate, as you might imagine.

We stayed at the Morgans Hotel a few blocks from Grand Central, which was perfect for us (as Peter would say :). We even got upgraded to loft, for being part of the family I suppose.

I was a little surprised to see the Fetch with Ruff Ruffman float, and Peter was delighted! I even recognized some of the "Fetchers" to my chagrin.
I know it looks like we had to make up super early in this picture, but we really only arrived at the parade 45 minutes before it started.
Here is Abby with her train ticket, and her baby, and yes one of those harnesses with a lease. I know it is not PC, and David was super opposed to the idea, and I had to go to Wal-mart to get it (which by the way I am NEVER going back to that store, please don't ever ask me to ((and it is not because I am an elitist, I could elaborate, but it wouldn't be pretty ((( and yes I know Wal-mart is fine in places like Utah and Virginia and even Ohio ((((and yes I know that this is not grammatically correct)))) but she has not survived 6 toxic ingestions and a broken arm for me to lose her in Manhattan.
Peter had a perma-grin pretty much the entire time.
Here we are in New Haven and on the train platform. There is something so romantic about train travel, especially on Thanksgiving weekend!
O.k. 2 more stories...

1- We got on the subway from Grand Central to Times Square, then to Columbus Circle, as we got on the train a Woman said to Peter "Do, you kow who is coming to town? Santa is coming to town!" Then she looked at me and said, "Do they know?" Then I said in a very solemn voice, "Oh, it was going to be a surprise." She got this horrified look on her face and apologized profusely. I was totally messing with her, I thought it was hilarious, so did her husband. Idid tell her I was joking.

2- After the parade we ate lunch at a little Deli. Abby was being a little difficult and I noticed David fell behind and leaned down to have a little chat with her. Then 3 blocks later as we were entering Grand Central Station I looked down to notice that Abby didn't have any shoes on!
She sometimes takes her shoes off to punish us. After some debate I headed back to discover two litttle pink shoes set neatly outside the deli where we ate our lunch! Oh, dear sweet Abigail what would we do without you.
We did have our Thanksgiving dinner the week before Thanksgiving and Abby was in charge of the Sea Foam lime Jell-O. She refused to let me stir it. It was a little chunky, but still delightful!

I know I am a little late, but we are very Thankful for our little family and all the many blessings that we enjoy.